Mobile communications and Internet in CanadaThe development of telecommunications in Canada is roughly equivalent to the United States. Under the country code +1, there were a total of 45.15 million connections in 2021. Among them were 33.61 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.88 per person. In the US, this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.
With about 8.74 million webhosts, Canada is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 1.52 million of these, or about 17 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.
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Internet speed for cell phones and fixed networkWith an average download speed of 146.07 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Canada ranks 16th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 37.50 Mbit/second was significantly lower (56th place).
In mobile internet, i.e., on tablets and smartphones, Canada comes 14th with a download speed of 92.63 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 12 Mbit was only enough for 66th place.
The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in April 2023 from 180 countries.
Mobile phone rates in CanadaEvery year, the International Telecommunication Union calculates for many countries what a mobile phone contract costs to use. A monthly budget averaging US$ 69.10 was calculated Canada in 2021. This is about the same value as in the previous year.
The ITU refers to the costs for monthly use and includes 140 telephony minutes, 70 text messages and a data transfer of 2 GBytes. The transfer speed should be the minimum of a 3G connection, i.e. at least UMTS, which is already outdated in many parts of the world. 2 GBytes do not sound much. However, this is already quite a high consumption in a worldwide comparison. If one does not take a fixed amount in US dollars, but converts it to the economic output per inhabitant, a user in Canada spends 1.9% of his gross national income on mobile telephony. Worldwide, this rate is around 6.6 percent.
In the USA, the monthly cost was around $38.10.
Network coverage with 5GIn 2021, network coverage with the 5G standard was already 70 percent of all inhabitants. The proportion of the population with at least 4G mobile Internet access was 99.4 percent. The 4G network standard includes both LTE and WiMAX.
The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100 percent mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.
Access to the internet in Canada from 1990 - 2021
Broadband internet in Canada 1998 - 2021Canada is doing very well in the expansion of broadband internet connections. Around 93 percent of all residents have access to the internet. Around 42 percent have their own fast internet connection, which is at least faster than the former ISDN (more than 256 kbit/s). All fixed connections via DSL, cable or satellite were counted here, but not those connected to the internet via mobile communications.
Landlines 1990 - 2021
The two largest telecommunications providers based in Canada are BCE in Verdun and Rogers Communications in Toronto. BCE had a market capitalization of US$ 51.83 billion in 2022, , with total revenues of US$ 18.70 billion. The number of employees was 49,781. The value of Rogers Communications was US$ 29.24 billion, with revenues of US$ 11.79 billion. Rogers Communications had 23,000 employees.
Mobile phones 1990 - 2021
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|Distribution in 2021||Canada|
|Internet users||35.51 m||92.83 %||304.52 m||91.75 %|
|Broadband users||16.05 m||41.97 %||125.89 m||37.93 %|
|Landlines||11.54 m||30.18 %||97.82 m||29.47 %|
|Mobile cellulars||33.61 m||87.88 %||361.66 m||108.97 %|